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So what are you reading?

What books, zines or other pulp are you reading? What aren't you reading? What should everyone else read?

Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Villanelle » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:29 pm

I'm attempting to slog through "Ulysses." I've made it through the first chapter and I'm delighted to see that pages 52-54 have no writing on them.


Good luck with that. Ulysses is more of a book you read to say you've read than to actually enjoy -- either way it's a classic and congrats if you finish it.
Presently, I'm reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, which was rated top 50 books of 2006 and 4.5 stars w/ over 600 reviews on Amazon. I was so excited when I got it and at about 200 pgs in the story isn't making me want to turn the pages. There's ghosts, incest, and crazy children, but most of the storyline is spent inside the head of lonely characters and I am simply bored. I'm hoping I'll be proven wrong and the 2nd half will be amazing.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby uwstudent » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:58 pm

The Histories by Herodotus
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:20 pm

Two books with WI ties:

Loving Frank-Nancy Horan
After visiting Taliesin I read this historical fiction piece about Frank Lloyd Wright's high profile affair with Mamah Borthwick, the dissolution of both of their marriages, his construction of Taliesin, and the murders that occurred there.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_Frank
I enjoyed it, and I learned a lot about Wright, Chicago society, the burgeoning feminism movement, and WI, but I found it difficult to get through at some points. I can't help but think that I will prefer 'The Women" as I love T.C. Boyle and consider him one of our best:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Women_(novel)

American Wife-Curtis Sittenfeld.
I am loving this treatment of former first lady Laura Bush by the author of "Prep." Instead of the Bushes of Texas, its Milwaukee's Blackwells, a meat packing family with a ne'er do well son named Charlie (aka Chas) whose first big move is to buy the Brewers. His wife is Alice and her story is laid out by address: her childhood home in smalltown WI; post-college Madison years; country club life with her wealthy but shiftless husband and his powerful family in Milwaukee; and I'm guessing the governor's mansion and the White House are next. Its obvious who the author is profiling, but she does such an excellent job of creating her own characters from similar but wholly different circumstances that it makes for a great read. Part of the fun is determining what all the parallels to the Bushes are. Check it out if you like to read great fiction about politics, families and WI.
http://www.curtissittenfeld.com/
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:04 pm

John Dean, Blind Ambition: The White House Years. G. Gordon Liddy just held his hand over the candle.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:05 pm

boston_jeff wrote:American Wife-Curtis Sittenfeld


I have a copy of that and started to read it last fall but then thought: No more Bushes. Not right now.

That said, I never pass up a Nixon book.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby rrnate » Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:57 pm

The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin. It's about the Supreme Court over the last 15 years or so and their decision making process.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:45 pm

Lost River by David Fulmer. It's the latest in his series of Valentin St. Cyr murder mysteries set in the Storyville section of New Orleans during the beginning of the 20th Century.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:00 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:
boston_jeff wrote:American Wife-Curtis Sittenfeld


I have a copy of that and started to read it last fall but then thought: No more Bushes. Not right now.

That said, I never pass up a Nixon book.


This book is well worth your time.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby babelfish » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:06 pm

last 3
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
The Shrieking Pit - Arthur J Rees
Cities of the Plain - Cormac McCarthy

on deck
The Hobbit (yes, I've never read this...never seen the movies either)
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby fisticuffs » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:10 pm

I Am America And So Can You By Stephen Colbert. Its nice light funny nonsense. Perfect for the break room.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:34 pm

Yes, that's a good one. I liked John Stewart's too.

I'm currently reading "The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb, very well researched re: Columbine, PTSD and CT history. The writing isn't bad, but its very trite and corny. 3 out of 5 stars IMO.

Recent faves:
"Norwegian Wood" Murakami
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Stieg Larsen
"Until I Find You" Irving
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby wallrock » Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:36 pm

I just finished Jonathan Lethem's You Don't Love Me Yet, which I didn't really enjoy, not nearly as much as his previous two novels. I'm planning on getting Chronic City soon, though I'm now feeling a bit of trepidation.

I also read Americans in Paris by Charles Glass. It's about the expat American population in Paris during the Nazi occupation during WWII, and it is an excellent book all around.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:29 pm

Taylor Branch, The Clinton Tapes. Just got through Kosovo and am, presumably, veering headlong for Elian.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby towanda » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:55 pm

I'm currently re-reading The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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Re: So what are you reading?

Postby towanda » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:55 pm

Double post.
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